A win will reserve the Catalans’ place in the round of 16, a situation that should encourage head coach Xavi to play a full-strength team as he tackles his new job.
Barcelona’s attacking difficulties this season have been obvious, with only Malmö shooting fewer shots on target in the group stage. Memphis Depay was the only senior striker chosen to debut in Xavi’s debut against Espanyol this weekend, which ended 1-0.
Finally, Dembele’s return would represent a huge boost after suffering a hamstring injury following his return from a knee problem, allowing him so far to make just one appearance the entire time. season.
Xavi confirmed on Monday that he would check the Frenchman’s status after a short session on Tuesday morning. Oscar Mingueza, Sergio Busquets and Nico Gonzalez should get rid of the punches in time.
Sergino Dest is also back in training after a short layoff, but Ansu Fati and Pedri (both thighs) will be missing, along with Sergio Aguero (heart) and Martin Braithwaite (knee). Ilias Akhomach and Ez Abde both played against Espanyol but are suspended and unsigned for this game respectively.
Barcelona XI planned: Ter Stegen; Mingueza, Piqué, Garcia, Alba; Nico, Busquets, F. De Jong; Coutinho, Depay, Gavi.